Revelation 5:1-14

Who is Worthy?

Revelation 5:1-14

1: And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals.
2: And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?
3: And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon.
4: And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.
5: And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.

And I beheld

6: And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.
7: And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne.
8: And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odors, which are the prayers of saints.

And they sung a new song

9: And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;
10: And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.
11: And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands;
12: Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.

Every Creature in heaven and earth


13: And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.
14: And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever.

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Revelation 5:1-14

In Revelation 5:1-14 we find John in the throne room.

1. John’s attention is now on the scroll.

There were 7 seals on the scroll.

  • God; the Father was sitting on the throne and had the scroll in his right hand.
  • Usually a scroll usually written on one side.
  • Whereas, this scroll must contain a lot of information because it was written on both sides.

2. A strong angel asked who is worthy to break the seals and open the book.

  • The author writes “a strong angel”. Perhaps to show that regardless of earthly or heavenly strength, it can’t be opened.
  • In this case, no-one can open the seals.
  • In fact, the angel offered the scroll to anyone, anywhere.
  • That is to anyone who believed they might be able to open the seals.

3. No one could open the scroll.

  • As a result no one was mighty or worthy enough to open the scroll.
  • At this point, neither angels, elders, martyred, cherubim, demons, humans, were able to open it.

4. John began to cry.

  • John cried because no one had the authority.
  • Furthermore, no one was worthy enough to open the scroll or even look at it.
  • To John this may have meant that the oppression of the government and sin and sorrow on earth may never end.
  • Or perhaps John felt that God’s plan and execution would remain unopened.

5. An elder told John to stop weeping.

  • Although the elder may have been in a glorified human form, he would have been the one that John would feel most comfortable with.
  • Then he tells John to look and see that Jesus has won the victory.
  • That is, the Lion of the tribe of Judah and from the Root of David is Jesus.
  • Hallelujah! Jesus is the only one worthy to open the scroll and read it.

6. John is seeing the Lamb.

  • Now John is seeing Jesus as the slaughtered Lamb in heaven with God, at the throne.
  • In fact, Jesus is showing previous signs of a sacrifice, the lamb looked slain.
  • Furthermore, having seven horns and seven eyes.
  • Jesus is standing in front of God, the angels, the 4 living beings, elders, and everyone.
  • Meaning then, he is representing the sacrifice (as the Lamb).
  • That is, a sacrifice to accomplish God’s will had already been made by Jesus.

However

Now this Lamb (Jesus) has knowledge, wisdom, and power fulfilled perfectly: seven horns and seven eyes.

  • Because of Jesus’ sacrifice, he is no longer the meek Lamb.
  • In fact, the number 7 represents perfectness and completeness.
  • In the same way, the horn represents power – this is the infinite power of Jesus.
  • And, eyes suggest knowledge and wisdom.
  • Therefore, the 7 Spirits of God are Jesus’ perfectness, completeness, knowledge and wisdom.
  • See Supporting Notes for Revelation for 7 Spirits of God.
  • John was commanded to write about what he is witnessing.

The Lamb is worthy to take and open the scroll.

  • Jesus is worthy!
  • No one could open the scroll because no one else is strong enough (to unfold God’s plan).
  • However, the Lamb (Jesus) can unfold God’s plan.
  • And by fulfilling God’s redemptive plan on the cross, Jesus can unfold God’s plan.

7. The Lamb took the scroll out of the right hand of God.

  • So, God gave Jesus the authority to open the scrolls just as Jesus received the scroll,
  • Jesus is now capable to reading the scrolls, leading us through the coming events.
  • I believe it was then that God gave all of the coming heaven and earth into Jesus’ hands.
  • Make no mistake, God’s wrath will still take place during the seals, trumpets, and bowls/vials time frame, as planned.
  • However, the coming millennium kingdom will be completely ruled by King Jesus.

Jesus told John

Jesus had already told John in Revelation 1:1 that God had given Him the Revelation to show his servants.

  • “The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him”.
  • That is to say, Jesus took scroll acknowledging his acceptance.
  • I believe that this is the beginning of Jesus’ reign as King.

8. Living things and 24 elders

The 4 living things of heaven and the 24 elders bowed down before the Lamb to give him praise.

  • At this point, God recognizes and honour’s Jesus, for the work he accomplished on the cross.
  • In the same way, the elders and angels sing and play harps in service to God.
  • With their golden bowls full of incense, the elders symbolically present the prayers of the saints drifting to heaven.
  • As a result, Jesus is the only one worthy to open the scroll and to receive our praises.

9. The 4 beasts and the elders sang a new song – a song for Jesus Christ.

  • The 4 beasts and elders sang a brand new song for Jesus Christ.
  • Because, Jesus has become a King and deserves the new song and praises.
  • Furthermore, Christ has redeemed people to God by his shed blood.
  • Jesus was victorious over Satan in a way that no one expected.
  • That is, when Christ willingly gave up his earthly life on the cross.
  • He did that for every kindred, tongue, people, and nation, who accepts his gift.

10. Jesus brought salvation

Jesus brought salvation to those who come to him.

  • During the millennial kingdom, born again Christians shall reign under Jesus, on earth during the Millennial Kingdom.
  • The martyred who have received the salvation through Jesus Christ will also reign with Him.
  • The saints will have the positions of trust and will rule with God’s righteousness.

11. John hears voices of angels and the 4 beasts

Now John hears the voices of angels as they join the 4 beasts and elders, in song.

  • The angels surround the circle that is already standing round the throne.
  • At this point, John said there were 10 thousand x 10 thousand (equals 100 million of angels around the throne) and thousands of thousands.
  • Perhaps the angels were so countless that John could not explain just how many there were.

12. They sang a mighty chorus.

  • They sang declaring the worthiness of Jesus.
  • To the Lamb because of the redemption that he accomplished on the cross.
  • Furthermore, to receive power, riches, wisdom, strength, honour, and glory.
  • Therefore, everyone in heaven was singing a brand new song to Jesus.
  • Why a new song? Because Jesus had just come into his authority as King!
  • That is to say, a new King – a new song for Him!

13. Then every creature began to sing with them.

  • John noted that every creature in heaven and on earth and in the sea was worshipping, praising, and giving honor to God who sits on the throne forever and everand to the Lamb (Jesus).

14. Amen!

  • The 4 beasts say amen – they are approving of God’s decision – so be it!
  • 24 elders fell and worshipped Jesus.
  • All of heaven and earth and under the earth has welcomed Jesus as King.
  • Every creature has praised and given honour to the Father for giving Jesus the authority to open the scrolls and reign as King.

Jesus is now King!

  • We have just seen all of earth and heaven welcome Jesus as King.
  • Because of the events of Revelation 5, God is now handing the earth to Jesus.
  • Jesus is no longer the meek Lamb; he has become the Lion of Judah.
  • The King!
  • Revelation 5:1-14

Romans 8:31-32 Jesus is the ultimate gift.

The Seven Spirits of God

Revelation 1:4, 3:1, 4:5 and 5:6

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Book of Revelation 1:4, 3:1, 4:5 and 5:6

The Seven Spirits of God are not specifically identified in the Bible.

  • We are not told directly who the Seven Spirits of God are. However, we are given many clues to the identity.
  • The most likely interpretation is that they are symbolic of the Holy Spirit.
  • In the Bible the #7 represents completion and perfection.
  • Horns relate to perfect power or might.
  • Eyes relate to perfect vision, knowledge and wisdom.

In the Book of Revelation, the Seven Spirits of God are mentioned in 4 places.

Rev. 1:4 – Before the throne room.

John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne;”

Rev. 3:1 – Jesus Christ holds the Seven Spirits of God.

“And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead.”

Rev. 4:5 – Seven Spirits of God with seven burning lamps.

“And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God”.

Rev. 5:6 – Seven eyes of the Lamb that represent the seven-fold Spirit of God.

“And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.”

We are not told specifically what or who they are

While we are not specifically told what the Seven Spirits of God are, most likely it is symbolic of the Holy Spirit.

  • In the Bible the number 7 shows completeness and perfectness.
  • In fact, completeness and perfectness usually signify the Holy Spirit.
  • If we desire to walk with God, we must have His Holy Spirit living inside of us.
  • Baptism of the Holy Spirit is the baptism of fire (burning in us).
  • When Jesus left this earth, he sent the Holy Spirit to go forth into all the earth.

In the Old Testament Isiah wrote: Isiah 11:2

2And the spirit of theLordshall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of theLord;

Isaiah says the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him.

The Spirit of:

  1. The Lord.
  2. Wisdom.
  3. Understanding.
  4. Counsel.
  5. Power.
  6. Knowledge.
  7. Fear of the Lord.

As God has 3 distinct personhoods (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) it seems likely that the Holy Spirit is the one with the above 7 distinct expressions.

Revelation 4:5

  • 4 John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne;
  • 5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,
  • 6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

The familiar greeting Jesus was giving to John was from (verse 4) the Father and the Holy Spirit and then (verse 5 & 6) from Jesus as well.

Putting the Father, Son and Holy Spirit together only makes sense that the Holy Spirit is the Seven Spirits of God.

Other authors/scholars refer to the seven spirits of God as being 7 of each of the following:

  • Eyes
  • Thunders
  • Trumpets
  • Horns
  • Angels
  • Lamps

Although they could be the above mentioned, I agree with the beliefs that the Seven Spirits of God being the Holy Spirit.

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Revelation 4:1-11

Revelation 4:1-11 – Worship In Heaven

Revelation 4:1-11

  • 1: After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.
  • 2: And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.
  • 3: And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald.
  • 4: And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold.
  • 5: And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.

Before The Throne

  • 6: And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind.
  • 7: And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle.
  • 8: And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.
  • 9: And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever,
  • 10: The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying,
  • 11: Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.
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Revelation 4:1-11

1. Door Opened In Heaven

  • John heard a loud voice (like a trumpet) that was telling him to come and see the future.
  • In fact he had just finished writing to the 7 Churches and suddenly everything changed.

2. “Immediately I was in the Spirit”.

  • John had already said he was in the Spirit at Revelation 1:10.
  • This is a different experience, as John’s view is now in heaven.
  • John sees a throne “set in heaven”, which is occupied by God.

3. What’s happening at the throne in heaven?

John explained that the One who is sitting on the throne looked like the precious stones of jasper and sardine.

  • Notice John uses the words like and as because he can’t explain what he is seeing.
  • Why? Because, the magnificence of God was on the throne.
  • John compared God’s brilliance to the two most important stones that were worn in the breastplate by the high priests.
  • In fact, the stone of jasper represented Reuben, the first born of Jacob.
  • The stone of sardius represented Benjamin, the last born of Jacob.
  • They represent the first and the last. (One of God’s many names).
  • Each stone of the high priests holds a significant meaning such as purity, clarity, brightness etc.
  • So, perhaps this was the only way John could express the brilliance of the One on the throne.

There was a rainbow whose prominent colour was green.

  • A rainbow was given to Noah as a sign that God will never again destroy all flesh with a flood.
  • Perhaps, the rainbow in heaven was perhaps to show that newness and peace would take place following the events that would soon be revealed to John.
  • Possibly this rainbow is there to show that after God’s fury takes place, Jesus’ grace and mercy comes.

4. 24 Thrones and 24 Elders

  • There were 24 thrones in heaven.
  • Also, 24 elders dressed in white; having crowns on their heads.
  • These are not angels because angels would not sit on a throne.
  • However, whoever they are, it appears they are there to represent God’s people.
  • We also see the elders are sitting which denotes honour and rest.
  • Furthermore, they are dressed in white denotes holiness.
  • Even though, we are not told what kind of crowns they wore on their heads.
  • We do however, know that crowns are given by God for a job well done in some way.

The Bible doesn’t say exactly who the elders are.

  • Many believe the elders are one representative from each of the 12 tribes representing the Old Testament.
  • Plus, the 12 disciples of the New Testament. (Representing the New Testament)
  • In the same way, some believe these elders may be overcomers/believers.
  • We aren’t told who they are, but they are important to God.

5. Out of the throne came lightning and thundering and voices.

  • The “lightning and thundering” showed the majesty and awesomeness of God.
  • Perhaps it may also be showing that God’s fury has reached its time.
  • In fact, the voices appear to be the noise that the thunder makes.
  • Perhaps it’s the voice of God speaking.

Seven lamps of fire

There are seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven spirits of God.

  • Not 7 lampstands and 7 Spirits of God.
  • There are 7 lampstands burning with the 7 Spirits of God.
  • What are the 7 spirits of God?

6. Something that looked like a sea of glass.

  • The sea of glass is specifically spoken about in 2 places in the Book of Revelation.
  • Once in Revelation 4:6 and again at Revelation 15:2.
  • Both refer to being around the throne.
  • The glass was clear like crystal, most likely reflecting the qualities of God – Holy, glorious, and eternal.
  • Some authors say that it shows the floor of heaven is crystal clear.
  • The sea of glass also shows the purity in Heaven.
  • And John sees there are 4 beasts there also – beasts full of eyes.

These are not beasts

Furthermore, many authors say the word beast came in the translation and that the word beast degrades these heavenly beings.

  • In the KJV Bible, John calls them the four beasts.
  • Other Bible versions call them the living creatures or cherubim.
  • They could see before and behind. Meaning that they can see the past and the future or perhaps in front and in back or possibly they could see everything.

Cherubim or something different?

  • In Ezekiel 1 – Have the same faces as Revelation 4 but they have 4 wings.
  • Ezekiel 10 – Has a Cherubim face instead of an ox face and has 4 wings.
  • Ezekiel 10:20-22, calls the beasts cherubim.
  • Revelation 4 – Have the same faces as Ezekiel 1 but these have 6 wings.

7. Four beasts

The following are the 4 beasts (living things or creatures).

  • Jesus is the Lion of the Tribe of Judah.
  • Some authors/scholars think the 4 beasts may also have different traits.
  • First like a lion (kingship).
  • Second like a calf/ox (strength).
  • Third had a human face (highest creation).
  • Fourth was like an eagle in flight (Jewish symbol).

Each beast represents a different animal

However, others believe each beast represents a living creature.

  • Lion (wild animals).
  • Calf/ox (domesticated animals).
  • Human Face (man).
  • Eagle (bird/sea Kingdom).

Or perhaps both representations traits and living creatures apply.

8. Each animal had 6 wings

  • Eyes covered their wings inside and out.
  • Because of the eyes, they probably have greater insight than any man.

9. The beasts were praising the Lord

Day after day and night after night, the beasts were praising the Lord.

  • Meaning that, God will receive glory, honour, and thanks forever and ever.

10. Twenty-four elders bowing

We see that the twenty-four elders were also bowing before God and worshipping Him.

  • The elders cast their crowns to God.

11. Elders cry out

The 24 elders cry out that God is so worthy to receive glory, honour, and power.

  • It is right, for God to receive glory, honour and power.
  • Because it was by His will and desire that everything came into being.
  • Also, we all exist due only to the will of God, it is good that God should receive our praises.
  • Furthermore, God loves us enough that he sent his Son for our salvation.
  • And with thanks, it is only right that we should give him all the glory and honour he deserves.

The Lord God Almighty is worthy

God (which includes the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) is more than worthy of our love and devotion.

  • It is right that we should glorify him.
  • God sent Jesus to earth to pay for our sins, so we would have a way to get into heaven, sin free.
  • Jesus suffered for all those who believe in Him.
  • At to that, Jesus died and was resurrected to life.
  • So that mankind can live eternally in heaven with him.
  • The Holy Spirit is living within us, comforting and guiding us.

Yes, the Lord God Almighty IS worthy of our love and devotion!! Revelation 4:1-11

JEREMIAH 10: 6-7 Who am I worshipping?

Revelation 3:14-22

Revelation 3:14-22 – Church of the Laodiceans

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Revelation 3:14-22

Revelation 3:14-22

  • 14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;
  • 15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
  • 16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
  • 17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
  • 18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
  • 19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
  • 20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
  • 21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.
  • 22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
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In the Church of the Laodiceans

Laodicea was a wealthy city during the Roman period.

  • Not only was Laodicea located on major trade routes that connected it to important cities likeEphesus, Smyrna and Sardis, but also a center of textile production and banking.
  • Jesus is telling the Church of Laodicea that he see’s they believe themselves to be wealthy.
  • However, even though the Church of Laodicea was important, Jesus saw them as neither hot nor cold.

14 Jesus Describes Himself

  • Jesus describes himself as the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God.
  • In other words, Jesus is saying that He is the one that all the promises of God are fulfilled through.

2 Corinthians 1:20 says:

  • 20For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.

The promises God made to mankind (salvation, pardon of sin, grace, mercy, love, guidance, first death and eternal glory) through Christ are fulfilled on the day of glory.

  • The Lord himself said he is the “Amen” and so the promises are meant for forever to those who are righteous.
  • But, in fact is in complete contrast to the Church of Laodicea.

15 Jesus sees a bad quality in the Church

Jesus shows that he sees a bad quality in the Church of Laodicea with his opening address to them.

  • Christ addresses this particular letter to the leader of the church: “And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write”.
  • He used this opening instead of opening “to the Church in (city)”, as he did the others.
  • Jesus appears to be saying they are a church all for themselves and are not being the Church of God in Laodicea.
  • I looked up the word “Laodicea” and found many meanings:
  • Public serving.
  • Popular or common.
  • Principle people.
  • Rulers.
  • Lukewarm.

16 I know thy works

I know thy works – Jesus see’s that He is nothing to them and tells them so.

  • The Laodicean’s are neither cold nor hot – but lukewarm. And they seem to be content with that.
  • They have not made any kind of commitment towards Jesus at all.
  • He wishes they were cold or hot because those attributes could be worked on.

They are immediately brought to judgement with a warning that if they don’t change, he will spew (vomit) them out of his mouth.

  • Jesus will give up on them if they don’t change quickly.
  • Meaning, that if you reject God, he will reject you!
  • This does not mean that if their names are written in the Book of Life, they will be removed.
  • It probably means that some of the people’s names were never written in the Book of Life, in the first place.

17 The Laodicean’s felt they were wealthy and rich.

  • As a result, they needed nothing from anyone (including Jesus).
  • Christ tells them they really have nothing at all.
  • In fact, despite what they may think, they were very poor.
  • Jesus explains just how poor they are: “wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked”.

18 Jesus urges the people

Jesus encourages them to turn to him and receive the important things in life (which do not include material things).

  • His gold – be rich in Christ. Because without him, they are nothing.
  • Naked – their souls were empty and would be eternally.
  • His white coverings – they didn’t have the covering of the purity in Jesus.
  • His eye salve – which would give them spiritual sight.
  • They had the pride of “being rich” both individually and in their Church.
  • Whereas without Christ they were very, very poor and had nothing at all.
  • They needed to stop believing all things were through their own making.
  • Because, it is God who supplies what we really need; not ourselves.

19 Jesus is reprimanding the church

Jesus is rebuking the Church in Laodicea so they will turn to him and see what is truly happening to them.

  • Jesus criticizes those he loves.
  • So, he tells the Laodicean’s that because of his love for them, he is giving them a chance to change.
  • Because, He wants them to get some spiritual fire and repent of their conceitedness.
  • And then, to turn to Him for salvation.

20 Turn from being the Church of the Laodicean’s

Jesus invites the Church of the Laodicean’s to become the Church in Laodicea.

  • Instead of being the Church of the people, Jesus wants it to be the Church of God in Laodicea.
  • He encourages them to hear his knocking on their hearts and as a result, to open it and allow him to enter.
  • In fact, Jesus is giving them a chance to repent and change their ways.
  • That is, if they open the door and invite him in, He will come in and spend time with them.

In the last letter to the 7 Churches

Then in this, the last letter, Jesus offers the same invitation to every individual.

  • If anyone anywhere or at any time hears the knock of Jesus on their heart and invites him in, Jesus will come in.

21 We (of all eras)

We have now been given instructions and told that those who overcome sin will be granted the opportunity to sit with the Son of God on His throne and be with him forever and ever.

  • Jesus has said repeatedly that these letters were not just for the Churches in John’s time but for all people through-out history.

22 For the final time John writes Jesus’ Message

In Revelation 3:14-22 John writes Jesus’ message one final time – “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches”.

  • Do we have ears to listen and overcome?

Check out Who Am I Worshipping? JEREMIAH 10: 6-7

Revelation 3:7-13

Church in Philadelphia – The Church That Had Endured Patiently

Revelation 3:7-13

  • 7 And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth;
  • 8 I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.
  • 9 Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.
  • 10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.
  • 11 Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.
  • 12 Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.
  • 13 He that hath an ear let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
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Wooden picture of Jesus with outstretched arms  The Revelation of Jesus Christ Revelation 3:7-13 the Church in Philadelphia
Revelation 3:7-13 – Church in Philadelphia

Philadelphia was the youngest of the seven Churches.

The City of Philadelphia was a prosperous city. However, they had many gods and temples. John is explaining that Jesus (the Holy and True Lord) is dictating the note.

  • John is only penning the note as directed.

7 The Church of Philadelphia is being harassed

  • Jesus describes himself as: Holy and true. (John 14:6) So, what Jesus is about to say is the truth.
  • The unsaved Jews were giving the Church of Philadelphia a hard time.
  • Jesus wanted to assure the church that he holds the key of David.
  • Meaning it is Jesus who holds the key to salvation.
  • Perhaps the unsaved Jews believed that because they were from the line of Abraham, David, etc., they would automatically go to heaven.
  • Although Jesus was also born from the line of David, he is Israel’s promised King.
  • Also, the Lord and King of all heaven and earth.
  • Jesus is the only way to get into Heaven.
  • Therefore, it is Jesus that holds the key to open and shut the door to his kingdom.
  • In fact, no-one, except Him, can close it.
  • Furthermore, if Jesus shuts the door then no-one, except Him, can open it, once shut.
  • Jesus opens the door for all true born-again Gentiles and saved Jews (Messianic)
  • He closes the door on unsaved sinners.

8 Jesus is telling the Church of Philadelphia

  • He has seen their works and will now comment on them.
  • Jesus knows that this Church has served God well.
  • As a result, he has the power and authority to open the door for them.
  • That is to say, Jesus has opened the door to the Church (their names are written in the book of life).
  • So, they can continue to spread the good news of Jesus Christ without worry.
  • No one can shut it – as God will keep it open for them.
  • And furthermore, Jesus won’t shut it on them.

Jesus praises the congregation for having a little strength

  • “Little strength” in this case is not a bad thing. It means dependability on Jesus.
  • They have been depending on God in their weak moments of temptation.
  • Why? Because Jesus’ strength comes through in our weakness.
  • Jesus then praises the people, for keeping “My word” and not having denied “My name”
  • That is, being faithful and living a life according to Him.

9 Jesus has nothing bad to say against this Church.

  • Jesus finds nothing to say against Church of Philadelphia.
  • However, Jesus had much to say about the unsaved Jews trying to oppress them.
  • In this case, the Jews (of the Synagogue) who choose to reject Jesus are harassing the Church.
  • Jesus says the persecuting Jews were Jews in name only (who say they are Jews and are not, but they lie).
  • In fact, they have no spiritual connection to the people of faith. Possibly meaning men of faith like Abraham, David, etc.
  • Jesus tells us that the Jews who lie belong to the Synagogue of Satan.
  • One day the unsaved people will have to humble themselves to the faithful servants they once mocked.
  • With that act, the pretenders will finally see God’s love for the true believers of Christ.

10 The hour of trial.

  • This could be speaking of everyday troubles that all people (even born again Christians) will go through.
  • It does not mean that God will keep all troubles away from us. It means that Jesus will be with us as we go through it.
  • Or it may mean that Jesus will keep all born again gentiles and saved Jews from the tribulations of the end days.
  • Perhaps true believers will be taken away by the rapture before the 7 years of the end times tribulations.
  • Regardless, those who fail to accept the salvation offered by Jesus must endure God’s wrath.

11 Stay strong in faith

  • Jesus will come suddenly and unexpectedly
  • The Church of Philadelphia, born-again gentiles and saved Jews throughout all history are to keep the faith and stay strong in Jesus.
  • Furthermore, by keeping faith, no one can take away their crown of victory.
  • In the same way, neither will God give it away to others.

12 The people who overcome:

  • The people who keep the faith in Jesus will become leaders in the temple of God.
  • If the saved stand strong, Jesus will reinforce that strength in us.
  • “I will write my name” means that Jesus will acknowledge us if we acknowledge him.
  • As a result, we will be with Jesus forevermore in the New Jerusalem
  • In fact, New Jerusalem will come down from God (heaven).
  • The name “New Jerusalem” will be written on the saved by Jesus and will be with him eternally.

13 Jesus gives an invitation:

  • To all who have ears.
  • Listen to what Jesus said to the Churches.
  • This is a warning to all people of all eras.
  • Pay attention to what Jesus is saying to the Church of Philadelphia.
  • And take the same action.

Be strong in faith Romans 13: 14